Sketchy: Wendy, Robin Hood and Aladdin

Howdy people! Just some sketches from last night! I don’t know what it is about sketching… You think it will only take a few minutes and next thing you know you’ve been studying and sketching characters for hours. With very little to show for it- EXCEPT practice and maybe a drawing or two.

As always, I intended to JUST PRACTICE HANDS and then rabbit trailed it all the way into full character sketches. Thus was the case with Aladdin and Brom Bones.

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Funny story, I didn’t know who Brom Bones was until just a minute ago when I looked him up. From the Legend of Sleepy Hallow apparently. I thought he’d have brown or red hair, but he didn’t. My expectations were wrong, but I guess there’s only so much you can glean from a production sketch. As for Robin Hood- I really love the production art of him! Milt Kahl is an amazing artist and somehow manages to make animals possess as much expression as humans. I personally have not been one to favor animal main characters (sorry Bambi), but I can’t deny the talent and great human-like personalities artistically rendered into in the likes of Lady and the Tramp or Robin Hood.

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My apologies for his face not looking like him. This was, after all, “just hand practice”…lol. As Glen Keane said, “And this one’s too hard to draw. Unfortunately, this is the one we have to draw.” Lol I find that sort of comforting, though, that he’d say that…

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Alright, this is from a few weeks or so ago. Not that great, but I will master them eventually. The biggest problem I seem to have (that I’ve noticed– if you see another, please don’t hesitate to inform me) is the size of the eyes. I have the tendency to draw them too small more often than not. And as you can see also, the misplacement of features on the face- Wendy’s mouth, for instance.

Maybe you have or maybe have not noticed that I’ve been mentioning hand practice a lot. I am DYING to master hands, but it seems more of a happy accident when I properly execute them on paper. Since nearly all of my current art/tests appear on this blog, you can see I haven’t been practicing too terribly much. I am hoping that I can pull myself together enough to really work on them over this Christmas break.

Thanks for reading, now go think happy little thoughts!

-Abigail

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Gingers T-Shirt

Okay, so gingers are great. I myself am not one of the special few, but I take joy in their Disney films. I paid tribute with this T-shirt, which I will show you in a moment.

I originally intended to do something classier and more difficult- that is, include Merida and Anna to the group and make them all look like they were interacting with one another, chatting about ginger secrets probably. But I decided not to for one reason: I draw big. So I opted out of the 3-D character’s inclusion and stuck with the 2-D guys. This worked in my favor, saving me two more faces to fill in, because I found I didn’t have enough skin-colored marker to go around after Ariel, and thus spent $30 on a big fabric marker pack for one lone skin-colored marker inside (don’t say I never did anything for ya haha). It worked well enough- perfect color for Herk; not the best for Peter Pan, but whatever. Not enough though for much more than that.

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The stickers are to mark where to stay within. I ignored these because I’m not very wise. Don’t be like me! Respect the boundaries! 

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Another lesson learned was not to go over other colors when wet, or THEY WILL BLEED. Oh yeah, I did this a couple of times. Live and learn.

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Also, only outline with fabric pencils made to wash out. Regular pencils won’t come out, so be warned! Look for them at a craft or fabric store.

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Herk’s hair looks like bacon, no? It probably has something to do with him being a god.

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The colors ran when I did the inside of his mouth. Sorry!

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I went over the ‘Christmas green’ of Peter Pan’s shirt and hat with a warm yellow to make it look more ‘lost boy’ than ‘Santa’s elf’ (his ears are pointed, after all).

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And lastly, I removed the tape and filled in the rest of the empty spots.

Due to my not sticking within my sticker boundaries, this shirt looks best when performing the classic T-Pose (those of you who watched the behind the scenes extras of the movie ‘Monster House’ recognize the term. If you haven’t seen it, since this is a Disney blog and that was not a Disney movie, I’ll define it for you: sticking out your arms to the sides of you, forming a ‘T’).

Would you make a Disney-themed T-shirt? I hope to make more in the future- Princess Jasmine or maybe Aurora? Time will tell.

-Abigail